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Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
You have to remove the headlight, unplug the connectors behind it, remove the two bolts that hold the bucket and let it hang down out of the way. Then you use a 6mm Allen key or hex key to remove the two bolts that hold the ignition switch in and then manuver it out. From there, there are two small phillips screws that you need to take out. Then you can remove the electrical switch from the lock assembly. Use a small flat tip screw driver to pry the backing off. Be careful not to break the slots where it snaps in. Once the backing is removed, you will be able to see the wires themselves. Using the same small flat tip screw driver, pry the wire assembly away from the switch body. Be careful here too not to break the tabs that hold the assembly together and don't allow it to just come apart suddenly. There are three contacts with springs that fit on a rotor arm. Once this is apart, you can clean the contacts on the plastic plate with some emery cloth and the same with the small contact pieces from the rotor arm. Reassembly is the reverse of the above.
However, before you go through all that, check to make sure it's the ignition switch. It was merely a suggestion as to what could be wrong, not a concrete diagnosis. I was able to verify my problem because if I wiggled the key back and forth fro on to off and back, the tail light would come on. I also traced the wires from the tail light assembly to the ignition switch. It's better to troubleshoot and trace the problem rather than shotgun hoping to find a solution.
93 VN 750 "Ursula"
Moved R/R 08Sep06
R/R rewire 17Feb07
New R/R, Installed 14Jun08
New Stator installed 10 Jun08
Maintenance Free Battery 12Jan08